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Sept / Oct 2013 Newsletter 7

DIY Flavorshack Founders Letter Save the Date Our Events Victoria Kaer, Author Double Yoke Business Members

Dawn Michelli began smoking when she was 13 years old. She experienced her first heart attack at the age of 39. Yes, you read that rightthe age of 39. With great detail, her doctor explained to her the health ramifications to her body should she choose to continue smoking. And yet, during her recovery, she found herself sneaking a cigarette. This was the moment she discovered she was addicted to nicotine. Once home, she tried cold turkey. Didnt work. She tried cutting down, Didnt work. She tried prescriptions. Didnt work. One day, a friend mentioned to Dawn that they had heard from a friend of a friend of a friend about a new thing called electric cigarettes or vaping. In her desire to control her addiction to nicotine, Dawn spent the next three months investigating every avenue of the subject of vaping. Her first vaping experience cost her over $300. Yes, you read that right$300. Clearly, in 2005 vaping was a gimmick and only available thru a very few internet sites. I was frustrated, claims Dawn. As I continued to investigate vaping, I realized a couple of things. One, the people behind these website didnt care about nicotine addiction, and two, I know I can create something much better. And did she ever!! In 2006, with her sister Santina by her side, Dawn started her on-line business She was now not only selling her mixes to the hundreds of e-cigarette stores that were popping up, she was selling to those same internet sites she had originally investigated! To date, Dawn has created over 340 flavors. In 2009 Dawn became the 1st recipient of the VAPEY Award. She has become an Industry Leader is the education of vape mixology and a Community Leader for Vapors, people who vape. She has trained and mentored over 10 of the top selling Vape companies in business today. In 2012, Dawn, along with her sister Santina hit a new milestone with the opening of their first retail/wholesale store, DIY Flavorshack located at 3231 N. Decatur Blvd. Dawn and Santina, just two more awesome former Chicagoansyou read that right, FORMER CHICAGOANS making a difference in Las Vegas. Stop in today to receive the DIY Chicagoan Perk.


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and Official Social SUNDAY SEPT. 8TH BEARS GAME 1 AT WINDY CITY BEEF N PIZZA Membership conCITD, LLC will be hosting our Bears/Pizza/Charity Event tinues to grow, I am including raffles and buy one get one free pizza specials amazed by the one Dont forget your sundry donation for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission common comment that I hear...I/we SEPT. 10th -14th SAN GENNERO FEAST want to meet new Show your Shop Chicagoan support, visit the Amore! Taste of Chicago booth friends who are from the Chicago area. Cheese deep dish slices $3 Pepperoni deep dish slices $4 FREE WATER Our members range in age from 18 year olds to 81 year olds, and yet they all want SUNDAY SEPT. 15 TAILGATE / PATIO OPENING AT BRANDOS the same thing. Its that feeling you get CITD, LLC will be hosting our 1st outdoor event. NO ENTRY FEE! when you meet someone who shares your Featuring Chicago Style hot dogs, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, same roots and familiarity of your core Giardennerra, Business Member tables, free samples, raffle, live DJ, neighborhood surroundings. Meeting each and every one of you has enriched SUNDAY SEPT. 22 GRAND OPENING AT DOUBLE YOKE my life profoundly and we are here to FREE Pizza & Pasta Bar (during half time only) share the enrichment! Please consider Raffle of 42 HD TV / Live Music by Southern Stue joining us at an event. Our variety of former Chicagoans is what gives us our SUNDAY SEPT. 29 BEARS GAME AT DOUBLE YOKE flavor and makes our Chamber unique. See you soon! SATURDAY OCT. 5 CHICAGO SPORTS FANS BREAST CANCER WALK 8:00 AM JW Marriott 221 N Rampart Blvd., 89145, Las Vegas, NV Look for Chicago Sports Fans - Las Vegas sign near registration tent

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renovate Wrigley Field. If youre behind on your news, the reported renovations are to include a massive LED scoreboard out in left-field, a large neon sign in right-field, $175room boutique hotel, an office building with clock tower, an open-air plaza, and a large video advertising board. All of which is expected to take roughly five years to complete. How do Cubs fans feel about all of it, hard to say exactly. Litigation has been threatened by the rooftop club owners who signed a deal with the Cubs in 2004, which gives the Cubs 17 percent of their gross revenues; they dont want a giant LED sign blocking the view for their patrons. Patrons of the park may have mixed views about the renovations. Tearing down and mixing up Victoria Kaer, Author & Former Chicagoan the original look and views inside of the park might upset some and excite others. The park was designated a historical landmark by the Chicago City Council on February 1, 2004, however the entire park was not included in the designation. The four exterior walls, roofs, the marquee sign at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, the center field scoreboard, the grandstands and bleachers, and the brick wall and ivy surrounding the playing field, were the only things included. The White Sox lost Comiskey Park in its entirety. Yet, Comiskey was by comparison older, having opened in 1910, to Wrigleys 1914 opening date. Both contained a whole lot of baseball history and memories. It was a sad day when Old Comiskey was lost. Personally as a White Sox fan, its dearly missed. Yes, the new park is bright, shiny, and amazing, but it lacks the smells and the history the old park held. I dont care what they wish to call the new park; it will always be Comiskey Park to true fans of the team. You simply cant get the feel of all the history that the old park contained in that brightly lit, spacious new park they designed. Its sad that new generations will miss out on all of it; theyll never see the field where the Black Sox threw the World Series, where baseballs first All -Star game was played. You dont get that at the new park. Well make new history, sure. But its a shame to toss out the old simply to move on because we think we need bigger and better, sometimes bigger isnt necessarily better. Lets hope the Ricketts family keeps the real feel of Wrigley field as well as the history of the park intact. It would be a shame to lose all of that so it becomes only a faded memory.

Some Cubs fans are excited; the Ricketts family is going to spend $500 million dollars to

In June our business member Pete Torsiello of Luxe Realty requested we meet him at Omelet House Summerlin for a


breakfast meeting. During that meeting CITD, LLC was introduced to former Chicagoan and Chef, Igs Sessa. Pete & I were Shopping Chicagoan. Igs has been running the Omlet House Summerlin for the past 8 years, offering up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options in a family style ambiance coupled with a touch of Chicago. Less than a month later Igs contacted us with an announcement. Im taking over the restaurant inside the Town Center Lounge! It was music to our ears. It is our pleasure to introduce Double Yoke. Chef Igs has brought his brand of breakfast, lunch dinner and added on Game Day appetizers. The soft Opening was August 1st. Were re-introducing this location to the northwest area with our signage, coupons and change of menu, said Igs. Our GRAND OPENING is scheduled for Sunday September 22, 2013. Igs continued, it will be an all day event featuring food specials, raffles, 5:00pm Chicago Bears Game with a half-time pizza & pasta bar, topped off with live entertainment by Southern Stue.

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